NBC Universal Fall Press day announcement!

I recently got to cover the red carpet for PressPassLA.com at NBC Universal’s fall press day announcement! I spoke with the cast of “Blindspot”, E!”s Fashion police, and funny man Joel Mchale just to name a few! Check out what some of your favorite celebs had to say about their upcoming projects, shows and a lot more!

Here is a playlist of all the interviews, check it out!

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BET Awards 2015!

The BET awards 2015 was one of the hottest shows of this season and I was so excited to cover the red carpet for Press Pass LA! The annual award show was held in downtown Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theatre. We were able to chat with designers, actors, music artists, and sports figures. This year’s show was in full effect with some throwback performances from some old school artists, a bad boy records reunion, as well as super star Icon Janet Jackson receiving the Ultimate Icon award, just to name a few! It was one of the biggest nights in music! Check out the highlights, interviews, photos and all the red carpet glamour!

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Getting ready for my close up! (Photo credit Stephanie Garrett)

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Busy media getting ready! (Photo credit Stephanie Garrett)

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I’m official! (photo credit Stephanie Garrett)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Me working the Red Carpet! (Photo credit Carey Glenn)

Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker.

Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker. (Photo credit Stephanie Garrett)

The Press Pass LA crew!

The Press Pass LA crew! ( Photo credit Stephanie Garrett)

Meeting with a Rainmaker.

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Well since my meeting at a major cable network is done, I guess now I can talk about it. I met with a high level executive-a Rainmaker, a person who is successful, influential and can change the outcome of your career or business-a game changer. My awesome manager got me an appointment at the network. I arrived 15 minutes early, signed in, sat down, and waited. I dressed nicely in a fabulous new black, white, and orange dress, new black heels, and I even made my own jewelry to wear consisting of a pair of swarvoski crystal fire opal silver disc earrings and a beautiful ring to match. I got my hair done as well. I was ready!

I put my media kit together weeks before to leave something with him, so he could see all the things that I’ve done. It included event photos, a bio, pictures & resume, my reel, as well as blog and web series mentions. Also, some writing samples, as well as some information on my acting. I wasn’t nervous because I was prepared and this time I surrendered to what is, come what may. Also, this was a second scheduled meeting. The first one was postponed and moved to another date. It didn’t really matter, I was still ready.

This time I let go of the outcome and walked in with confidence and lots of personality. I wanted to give good energy and give good face, and I did. I was escorted to a large conference room by an assistant who was very nice and was told the Rainmaker will be with me shortly. Walking thru the halls of the network, I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  He soon walked in along with a lovely young assistant, and the meeting began. I felt that my being there was a dream come true.  I was at a network I love and actually watch and connect with.  He was warm, friendly, and seemed very upfront. A no BS kind of guy, and I liked that. I could tell he was reading me as they do in these situations. I could feel it.

The meeting lasted for a half an hour. It went great, and I walked out feeling like I had accomplished something. I didn’t get an offer straight out but was told I was the perfect age for their demographic, and my look was great. He also really liked my hosting reel! I am now “in” and on the “radar” and that’s enough for me. To be able to get that far, when just a few years ago I met with a talent agent who told me that because I was a woman, black, not 25 and hot, I would NEVER get hired as a host!  Yes he actually said those things thinking he was doing me a favor! He told me to go just be an actress and forget about hosting. Well needless to say this guy actually did do me a favor! Him saying that put the fire and determination in me that I needed to move forward and pursue my hosting career.

Since then I started this blog site, hosted, wrote, produced, edited and directed my own travel/lifestyle web series. I have since done over 200 celebrity interviews! Now I’m being sent in for major network meetings! What’s really funny is a few months back, I had another meeting with a well-known celebrity actor/comedian who has his own talk show. I was requested by him to come in for a meeting and it went really great. I went up against this agent’s client for that job (lol) which was icing on the cake. Oh the irony in that! No one actually got that job, but it was a fun meeting nonetheless. I got to sit in a room full of writers and producers and a funny comedian and do what I do best, perform.

So it goes to show you that people will say anything to put you down and tear you apart based on their limited perception of you, and they really have no idea what God and the universe has planned for you. I feel my meeting with the Rainmaker was just the beginning. I will be meeting with more Rainmakers, as many as possible, until I get hired at a major network hosting a TV show, or even my own show. Yes I know it’s crazy, but nothing is impossible!  I walked out of that meeting knowing I was very good at what I do, I was well prepared, focused and driven, and I am ready to step into the next experience!~

The Pan African Film Festival!

I was recently lucky enough to cover the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival held at the DGA theater in Hollywood! The goal of the festival is to showcase black and african films, arts, crafts and creative expression. Nearly 150 plus films from around the world were shown as well as prolific fine artists, poets and talented musicians. I was able to interview several celebrities such as Actor Tim Holmes for the film OZ, along with Actresses Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Ella Joyce to name a few. I was also able to chat with filmmaker Antwone Fisher and several other filmmakers who had works showcased at the festival. There was also a wonderful reception held in the lobby at the DGA theater on opening night at the festival! Here are some photos and interviews from the event, check it out!

Me with Tim Holmes Pan African Film Fest

 

 

Me with Antwone Fischer at the Pan African Film fest

Full play list can be seen here!

3 sold out shows!

Well I’m finally coming down from the high of performing in front of 3 sold out crowds at Stage 52 playhouse for the play “It Always Rains on Sunday” written by Scherrie Payne. That was my first experience performing in front of star names such as Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bill Cobbs, Kenny Lattimore (whom I have interviewed on the red carpet at events), just to name a few! We also had industry talent agents and managers attend, theatre producers as well as music producers, family and friends. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had working in the theatre. I had forgotten how much hard work goes in to doing a play. I was able to work with an amazing director/producer Don B. Welch and a hugely talented cast, I definitely had to step up my game with this project lol! All my years of training and study prepared me to play the role of “Louise Patterson” in “It Always Rains on Sunday”. I was challenged and pushed to my limit, and I loved it! I am so deeply grateful for this experience and I can honestly say that I have grown tremendously as an actor and as a person and I can’t wait to tackle my next project!

Here are a few pictures from the show,  you can see more over at Actress-Host Stephanie Garrett on Facebook!

Project Angel Food Awards!

Recently I was asked to host the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 17th annual Angel Awards for Project Angel food. The project angel food program prepares and delivers meals to people who are afflicted with Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other  life threatening illnesses. It is supported by volunteers and donations and if you’d like to help out, check out their website.  The awards honored Pauley Perrette of NCIS and Chris Salgardo the President of Kiehl’s for their contributions. I was able to chat with Pauley and Chris also Kristen Vangsness of CBS’s Criminal Minds along with Gilles Marini  of “Dancing with the All Stars” and many others, check out the interviews from the event! To see full play list from the event go here!

From the Red Carpet: The Premiere of Firelight!

I recently interviewed Oscar winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr for Mingle Media Tv’s Red Carpet Report, at the Premiere of “Firelight“. It was held at 20th Century Fox Studios. Also, I was able to chat with other cast members, see here: Additional Cast. It was such a fun event. Check out the full interview in the video below!